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Michelle Schuman

Michelle Schuman

Guide Staff Writer

Michelle is a freelance fashion designer and dancer from Detroit. She has traveled the US extensively (and loves it!), but her biggest goal is to travel abroad.


Latest articles by Michelle Schuman


Where to Go for Spring Break if You Just Want Peace and Quiet

2.29.2016

Spring break doesn’t have to mean beer-pong tournaments and all-night parties. Head to these quiet destinations instead.


Which Winter Hat Is Right for You?

Which Winter Hat Is Right for You?

12.16.2015

It’s no longer as simple as picking a new color beanie. Structured, brimmed hats are back, and there are plenty of styles to choose from.


The Five Most Unique Bars and Nightlife Trends Around the World

5.1.2015

Let’s pretend you’re traveling abroad. It’s getting dark outside. You’re thinking about where to go out. What’s your first idea? For many, it’s “going to a nightclub.” Not a bad idea—it is night, after all, and you pretty much know what to expect. But if you’re halfway around the world, why not switch up the routine? If you’re looking for a little


Packing for London: Get the Look for When It Looks Like Rain

4.17.2015

The weather is no excuse for not being fashionable.


The Colors and Cultures That Fashion Miami

The Colors and Cultures That Fashion Miami

4.15.2015

An artist and a fashion designer explain why Miami's style is so bright, both aesthetically and culturally.


The Clothes That "Keep Austin Weird"

The Clothes That "Keep Austin Weird"

3.25.2015

Austin's sense of style is singular—SXSW musicians and a local boutique owner explain why.


Climb Jamaica’s 600-Foot Dunn’s River Falls

Climb Jamaica’s 600-Foot Dunn’s River Falls

3.18.2015

Turn your vacation into an adventure by climbing the massive limestone steps of this 600-foot waterfall.


Nashville After Hours: Beyond Music Row

3.3.2015

With so many Nashville music venues, it’s hard to know where to start. Our decision tree will help you get rolling.


Packing for Istanbul: How to Win Friends and Not Offend People

2.19.2015

If you want to win the respect of the locals, leave your short shorts and designer logos at home.


How to See Famous European Monuments Without Leaving the United States

How to See Famous European Monuments Without Leaving the United States

1.23.2015

Want to see the Eiffel Tower without a passport? Head to Texas. This road trip passes by Old World monuments that live on New World soil.


How to Get and How to Wear the Classic American Styles of Michael Kors

How to Get and How to Wear the Classic American Styles of Michael Kors

11.26.2014

"Michael Kors is such an iconic American brand," said David Yassky, ideel’s editorial fashion director. “It’s really chic, classic, clean—that’s what I really like about him. He’s … a little bit Americana, kind of nautical.”


The Style Icon of New York Fashion Week? Dorothy Gale of Kansas.

The Style Icon of New York Fashion Week? Dorothy Gale of Kansas.

9.15.2014

The Wizard of Oz’s Dorothy Gale may seem like an odd inspiration for high fashion, but the designers at the Spring/Summer 2015 Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week managed to pull it off. Country-blue gingham was a staple on the runways, courtesy of heavyweights like Michael Kors and Diane von Furstenberg.


An Outfit Homage to Stevie Nicks’s Witchy Style

An Outfit Homage to Stevie Nicks’s Witchy Style

8.21.2014

Shawls might be Stevie Nicks’s signature look, but wearing them wasn’t initially her idea—she adopted them after receiving one as a gift in the 1960s.


Remember When Men Wore Nightgowns?

Remember When Men Wore Nightgowns?

8.11.2014

At the spring 2014 runway shows, designers proved that men’s fashion can be just as cyclical as women’s fashion. Raf Simons showed collared onesies reminiscent of Victorian-era jumpers, and Dries Van Noten revisited the short shorts of the mid-20th century. These looks may not appeal to today’s everyman, but there was a time they did. When looking back through the history of men’s fashion, one would have to wonder if past generations wouldn’t find jeans and business suits more radical than, say, a cape or a neck ruff.


Two Takes on Androgynous Fashion

Two Takes on Androgynous Fashion

8.6.2014

In her first-ever American film, Morocco (1930), Marlene Dietrich made quite the Hollywood debut. She donned a tuxedo, puffed cigarettes, and kissed a girl—acts considered revolutionary given the rigid gender norms of the time. But offscreen, the blurring of gender lines had been occurring in fashion for some time. In the 19th century, the dandyism movement found men shaping their silhouettes with corsets and skirted jackets; in turn, the flappers of the 1920s rejected traditionally feminine styles in favor of loose clothing and bobbed hair.


Even in Fashion, History Repeats Itself

Even in Fashion, History Repeats Itself

8.5.2014

There’s no denying that fashion is cyclical. Because of this, some of today’s trends are decades—even centuries—old. We dug up the history behind three of today’s most popular, and mapped out their connections to philosophy, politics, economics, and youth culture.


This Outfit Could Hang in a Museum

This Outfit Could Hang in a Museum

7.23.2014

On Saturday, the Art Institute of Chicago unveiled its newest exhibition, Onchi Koshiro: The Abstract Prints. Koshiro was a leader in sosaku hanga, a printmaking movement that brought Japan international acclaim after World War II. Decades later, his abstract designs continue to feel relevant—the artistic prints seen on Chanel’s and Celine’s S/S 2014 runways bear a striking resemblance to Koshiro’s work. And thanks to designers such as MSGM and Rachel Comey, who featured similar aesthetics in their 2014 F/W shows, the vibrant trend doesn’t seem to show any signs of fading.


What to Wear to Chicago’s Newest Patios

What to Wear to Chicago’s Newest Patios

7.15.2014

This year’s brutally cold winter always meant it would feel especially sweet to soak in the summer sun on one of the city’s patios. Below, we’ve rounded up some of our favorite new places to dine alfresco. But here’s the twist: we’ve also matched each restaurant’s style with an outfit that adopts some of spring 2014’s biggest trends, including pleated skirts, jump suits, and sneakers. It turns out the only thing that goes better with tartine than a glass of wine is a crop top and sandals.


Two Ways To Wear a Crop Top

Two Ways To Wear a Crop Top

7.9.2014

Crop tops are nothing new. The ‘90s throwback—which first reappeared on the 2011 spring runways of Rodarte and Giorgio Armani—has managed to survive, despite many predictions that it would quickly go out of style. They were still quite popular during the S/S 2014 shows, favored by designers including Peter Som and Jill Stuart. Perhaps because crop tops are a functional way to beat the heat: though Som’s sporty look was quite different than Stuart’s edgy one, both designers’ garments sat high above the natural waist.


The Stylish Way to Wear Your Patriotism on Your Sleeve

The Stylish Way to Wear Your Patriotism on Your Sleeve

7.3.2014

There’s something alarming about the global trend of throwing American-themed parties, and it’s not the staggering volume of popcorn being consumed—it’s the attire. Attendees typically wear basketball jerseys, cowboy boots, and hats fashioned out of red plastic cups. Perhaps it’s time to set a new standard for American style. The three flag-inspired outfits below range from subtle to statement-making and come just in time for Independence Day.


Yes, You Can Wear Sweaters in the Summer

Yes, You Can Wear Sweaters in the Summer

6.25.2014

Sweaters may seem all wrong for summer, but designers such as Jason Wu and Band of Outsiders cemented them as a warm-weather trend during their Spring/Summer 2014 runway shows. Wu showcased an elegant spin on the trend, pairing classic sweaters with pencil skirts, while Band of Outsiders sported up its knits with zippered skirts and crew socks. The designs aren’t as heavy as their wintertime counterparts, of course; their lighter yarns and open weaves make them perfect to toss over tanks as the summer sun sets. Here’s our take on the trend, anchored by a boat-neck sweater with a nautical-inspired color palette.


The 20th-Century Looks that Changed Fashion Forever

The 20th-Century Looks that Changed Fashion Forever

6.19.2014

In the early 1900s, fashion was in a very conservative place, as Victorian-era full skirts, corsets, and high collars reigned supreme. Over the next 100 years, however, the world would see the introduction of flapper dresses, miniskirts, and decorative safety pins, making the 20th century perhaps the most revolutionary in the history of fashion. Here, we’ve created a timeline of design movements that have left a lasting mark on this transient industry.


You’ve Got an LBD. Now Get an LWD.

You’ve Got an LBD. Now Get an LWD.

6.11.2014

Summer’s answer to the LBD, little white dresses have been making the red-carpet rounds for years, most recently on fashion It girls Lupita Nyong’o and Alexa Chung, in Lanvin and Chanel respectively. These two designers, along with Thakoon and Carolina Herrera, ensured that white is the color of the season at their Spring/Summer 2014 fashion shows, where they debuted look after crisp white look in styles that ran the gamut from glamorous to sporty.


Why These Handbags Are Named for Famous Women

5.16.2014

It started with a candid photo of newly crowned princess Grace Kelly. Now you’re no one unless a designer makes a bag that mimics your style.


Pack Smart for a Memorial Day Trip

Pack Smart for a Memorial Day Trip

5.14.2014

As the unofficial gateway to summer, Memorial Day weekend is often packed with barbecues, boating, and parades. So whether you’re spending the holiday out of town or on a staycation, there’s no time to be wasted obsessing over outfits. Below, we’ve built a small collection that can be easily mixed and matched for everything from days at the beach to fancy dinners, while still fitting in a light-as-air weekender bag.


How a Congolese “Project Runway” Alum Is Helping Women in Her Homeland

How a Congolese “Project Runway” Alum Is Helping Women in Her Homeland

5.8.2014

When Kahindo Mateene and her family left Zaire—now known as the Democratic Republic of the Congo and her home for 16 years—the country was on the brink of a major crisis. A political conflict was brewing in neighboring Rwanda, which soon erupted into a genocide that helped spark the First Congo War. The countless Congolese affected faced brutal treatment, including extreme poverty and, for many women, rape. The Mateenes got out just in time—had they stayed in the country, they may have become trapped by the violence and not permitted to leave.


Survive a Rainy Commute Without Wearing Trash Bags

Survive a Rainy Commute Without Wearing Trash Bags

4.30.2014

Covering up doesn’t have to mean dressing down. Update your rain gear with playful umbrellas and waterproof footwear less clunky than rain boots.


What to Wear to a Kentucky Derby Party? A Big Hat (Duh).

What to Wear to a Kentucky Derby Party? A Big Hat (Duh).

4.16.2014

It’s tradition. But it doesn’t have to feel dated. Update the look with an understated hat and modern palazzo pants.


Maybe If We All Wear Spring Clothes It Will Feel Like Spring

Maybe If We All Wear Spring Clothes It Will Feel Like Spring

4.2.2014

It’s moderately warmer out! Celebrate with the flowing trousers and lilac accents that have been trending since New York Fashion Week.


Don’t Fear the Man Bag

Don’t Fear the Man Bag

3.27.2014

Yes, men accessorize too. Here are the sunglasses, scarves, sneakers, and totally masculine leather bags they’ll be into this spring.


Decorating a Wedding Can Be Cheaper Than You Think

3.20.2014

You just have to be willing to DIY a little. Here are five easy projects even a big-budget bride could love.


This Groundbreaking Female Athlete Deserves to Be a Fashion Icon Too

This Groundbreaking Female Athlete Deserves to Be a Fashion Icon Too

3.19.2014

Eighty years ago this week, Mildred “Babe” Didrikson pitched a no-hit inning in the MLB. Honor her with a sporty winter-to-spring transitional outfit.


Not All Brides Want to Wear Princess Dresses

Not All Brides Want to Wear Princess Dresses

3.10.2014

Not feeling the poofy dress? Check out these 10 unconventional gowns, some of which aren’t even white.


The Upside to Endless Winter? Marni’s Dyed Furs Are Still in Season

The Upside to Endless Winter? Marni’s Dyed Furs Are Still in Season

3.5.2014

Twenty years after her brand’s debut, designer Consuelo Castiglioni showed her signature stoles at Milan Fashion Week. We replicated the look with more affordable pieces.


On the Red Carpet, Navy Is the New Black

On the Red Carpet, Navy Is the New Black

3.4.2014

Our five favorite Oscars trends organized by color. Because one can never have enough color-coded Oscars fashion.


Your Bejeweled Smartphone Case May Be in the Field Museum Someday

Your Bejeweled Smartphone Case May Be in the Field Museum Someday

2.20.2014

What will future generations learn about how we lived? Field Museum curators are collecting the items and stories that'll soon be history.


Somehow "Star Wars" Nerds Took Over Fashion Week

Somehow "Star Wars" Nerds Took Over Fashion Week

2.19.2014

How unlikely was it for the franchise to appear on two separate Fashion Week runways? Never tell us the odds.


Finally, Beard Oil and Designer Sunglasses Under One Roof

Finally, Beard Oil and Designer Sunglasses Under One Roof

2.17.2014

Inside Space519, the “refined general store” that sells hand-painted jewelry, niche grooming products, and, if you really twist their arms, giant animals used as nightclub props.


Michael Kors Is Not the Only Designer at New York Fashion Week

Michael Kors Is Not the Only Designer at New York Fashion Week

2.14.2014

Discover your new favorite clothier amid these six NYFW designers you’ve maybe never heard of.


Get Him V-Day Gifts He Really Wants: Beer and Books

Get Him V-Day Gifts He Really Wants: Beer and Books

2.10.2014

Flowers are nice and all, but chances are he'd rather get a gift that lets him brew beer and dress like James Bond.


Do Your Valentine’s Makeup in 15 Minutes Flat

2.6.2014

Planning the perfect outfit takes long enough. Save time with these two quick makeup routines.


Sneakers Are Couture Now. Karl Lagerfeld Said So.

Sneakers Are Couture Now. Karl Lagerfeld Said So.

2.5.2014

Models are strolling the runway in high-fashion versions of the comfy kicks. Quick, put on this sneaker-friendly outfit while you still have time to rest your toes.


Cancel Your Trip to Italy If You’re Only in It for the Spoons

Cancel Your Trip to Italy If You’re Only in It for the Spoons

2.4.2014

At Tabula Tua, you can buy fine china from European artisans right in Lincoln Park. We highlight four dish sets, including one by a Kentucky artist who sometimes paints for Queen Elizabeth II.


You Probably Don’t Have Vintage Balenciaga. Wear This Instead.

You Probably Don’t Have Vintage Balenciaga. Wear This Instead.

1.22.2014

In a 1956 episode of I Love Lucy, Lucy Ricardo tickled American audiences as she traipsed around Paris in what she thought was a designer frock, but was actually a burlap sack gag-gifted to her from Ricky. Behind the scenes, the joke wore a clever second layer: the sack was meant to be a parody of Spanish couturier Cristobal Balenciaga’s revolutionary chemise dress, a boxy design that freed women from the cinched waists of Christian Dior’s then-ubiquitous New Look.


Three Outfits to Celebrate the Outbreak of Beatlemania

Three Outfits to Celebrate the Outbreak of Beatlemania

1.17.2014

Fifty years ago this month, the Beatles released their first album stateside. Mark the occasion with looks inspired by the band’s mod-turned-psychedelic-turned-hippie style.


How Do You Beat the Winter Blues? Wear Tangerine.

How Do You Beat the Winter Blues? Wear Tangerine.

1.8.2014

Yes, black is chic, but day after day it can be draining. Instead, try winter fashions in florals and bold colors.


What to Wear to a New Year’s Party (Including One at Your House)

What to Wear to a New Year’s Party (Including One at Your House)

12.23.2013

Two ensembles—one for going out, one for staying in—that celebrate the glitz and glamour of the holiday.


Go from Work to a Holiday Party Without Changing Clothes

Go from Work to a Holiday Party Without Changing Clothes

12.11.2013

Calendars get crowded around the holidays. It’s not unusual to go straight from work to a last-minute shopping trip, and then on to an office party or gift exchange with friends. Although it can feel overwhelming to dress for a night out before the morning coffee’s even kicked in, it’s actually quite simple if you keep two tips in mind: choose classic silhouettes, and pocket a couple of colorful or glitzy accessories.


Five Handmade Gifts at Christkindlmarket

Five Handmade Gifts at Christkindlmarket

12.9.2013

Two steps into Chicago’s annual Christkindlmarket was all it took to get me excited about the holidays—a rarer and rarer feat these days as I stumble further into adulthood. Daley Plaza had again been transformed into a quaint little marketplace, all dressed up with bright lights, festive candy stripes, and a giant Christmas tree. The deep chimes of nearby church bells sang through the plaza. Were it not for the telltale honks of city drivers or the iconic Picasso statue slicing through the sky, you might’ve convinced me I’d traveled back in time, perhaps to Germany’s first-ever Christkindlmarket in 1545.


What to Wear to the Opera

What to Wear to the Opera

11.27.2013

Perhaps the most famous opera reference in pop culture is seen in Pretty Woman, when Richard Gere dresses Julia Roberts in a sweeping red gown and glittering jewels to see La Traviata. Nearly 25 years later, a typical evening at Chicago’s Lyric Opera may feature a crowd dressed just as elegantly—even if it doesn’t begin with a Hollywood star playfully snapping at your hand with a box containing a million-dollar necklace. (Though, as luck would have it, the Lyric’s production of La Traviata is running now through December 20.)


What to Wear to the Airport

What to Wear to the Airport

11.13.2013

There’s no getting around the fact that holiday travel is stressful—everyone’s on the move, so airports become overcrowded very quickly. Couple this with inclement weather, and you could be stuck in a veritable purgatory caused by flight delays and frozen planes.


What to Wear On Your Day Off

What to Wear On Your Day Off

10.16.2013

For many, weekday wardrobes are defined by what their workplace says they must wear. And even if you’re one of the lucky few with a casual dress code, there’s something about dressing for a day off that’s exceptionally more interesting. Luckily, between Chicago Fashion Week and the many pumpkin- and beer-related festivals (including the Great Highwood Pumpkin Festival and the Festival of Wood and Barrel Aged Beer), there’s nary a weekend devoid of exciting events that call for a casual yet put-together outfit in the coming months. Those more inclined to spend crisper months indoors can check out the Field Museum’s new exhibit, Opening the Vaults: Wonders of the 1893 World’s Fair, which chronicles the historic showcase of human innovation that birthed the museum itself.


Maria Pinto Hopes to Make a Comeback on Kickstarter

10.8.2013

The Chicago designer who’s dressed Oprah and Michelle Obama will debut a new line—if she can raise $250K by October 14.


What to Wear: Apple-Picking at Chicago Orchards

What to Wear: Apple-Picking at Chicago Orchards

10.2.2013

There’s hardly a more quintessential autumn day than one spent at an apple orchard. It’s crisp, yet sunny, and leaves crunch underfoot as you wander among branches hung heavy with sweet, ripe fruit. For those looking for more than just enough fruit to bake a pie that rivals Hoosier Mama's, many area orchards offer visitors a day full of fall festivities, from farmer’s markets and pumpkin patches to duck races and petting zoos. Though comfort is important on these long days spent outdoors, fall fashion provides ample opportunity to look both chic and rugged while layering against the October chill. (And if it’s unseasonably warm, you could always cool off with one of Edwards Orchard West’s infamous cider slushies.)


What to Wear: Spring Trends from New York Fashion Week

What to Wear: Spring Trends from New York Fashion Week

9.25.2013

Many were buzzing about seeing Naomi Campbell and Karen Elson return to the runway for September’s Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week, but the supermodels’ return was made all the more triumphant by the covetable looks they wore from Diane von Furstenberg and Jason Wu. The designers previewed some of spring 2014’s freshest trends—graphic black-and-white and metallics, respectively—with admirable restraint, creating surprisingly wearable looks.


What to Wear: Fall Fashion’s Grunge, Gray, and Emerald Trends

What to Wear: Fall Fashion’s Grunge, Gray, and Emerald Trends

9.11.2013

Though it's been months since Anna Sui and Zac Posen debuted their fall collections at New York Fashion Week, the coat-and-scarf weather necessary to don their looks has only just arrived. The trends that emerged on those runways ran the gamut from grunge revival to stark gray minimalism. Some pieces may prove to be gleeful impulse purchases you only wear twice, while others become timeless classics that transition easily from one year to the next. Find both this season with these high fashion–inspired looks.


What to Wear: Transition Your Summer Wardrobe Into Fall

What to Wear: Transition Your Summer Wardrobe Into Fall

8.28.2013

Though it coincides with Fashion Week in New York, Milan, and Paris, September can be an awkward month for fashion in Chicago. As the temperature rises and drops without warning, and the winds threaten to sweep you off your inappropriately sandal-clad feet, it's harder than ever to pick out an outfit in the morning. The day's events may take you from a frigid office to the patio of Old Oak Tap for drinks, or a walk through Humboldt Park to witness the changing leaves. Extend the life of your fair-weather wardrobe with the creative use of tights and layering and catch the last few rays of sun as summer slowly slinks away.


Yoga at Work: Eight Poses for When You’re Off the Mat and On the Job

Yoga at Work: Eight Poses for When You’re Off the Mat and On the Job

8.20.2013

Like most people, Angie Starz—who teaches at Village Yoga in Ukrainian Village—had a daily routine. Coffee, commute, a nine-to-five grind, commute, yoga, and whatever semblance of a social life she could squeeze in afterward. From the moment she woke up, she would feel her stress level steadily rising, and it wasn’t until she tiptoed into the yoga studio’s quiet sanctuary that she experienced calm. “Yoga was my secret indulgence,” she says. “It was the one thing that got me through the work week.


What to Wear: Kick Up Your Dancing Shoes in Style at SummerDance

What to Wear: Kick Up Your Dancing Shoes in Style at SummerDance

8.15.2013

Though summer may be coming to a close, the City of Chicago keeps the season's spirit alive through its SummerDance series in Grant Park's Spirit of Music Garden. Every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, seasoned and novice dancers alike twirl in harmony, stomping out a veritable United Nations of dance steps ranging from tango's passionate pirouettes to the lindy hop's rebellious gyrations. Local musicians such as Papo Santiago y Orquesta Infraverda, an Afro-Caribbean and Latin jazz band, coax out each step. Complete beginners need not worry—every SummerDance session begins with a free lesson from the likes of instructors from Arthur Murray Dance Centers and the Irish Music School of Chicago.


What to Wear: Soak Up the Sun in this Multitasking Beach Outfit

What to Wear: Soak Up the Sun in this Multitasking Beach Outfit

7.31.2013

The sands of Oak Street Beach may be scorching on a hot summer day, but beach-goers don't seem to care—many find refuge with a bottle of Corona at the recently revamped Oak Street Beach Food + Drink. Out on the water, sailboats glide serenely by and speedboats whip past, water-skiers in tow. When they need a break, boaters can tie off at the docks of Quay, Bridge House Tavern, and Dolphin, where the dress code requires something a little more formal than a bathing suit and flip-flops.


What to Wear: Stand Out Without Stealing the Show at a Summer Wedding

What to Wear: Stand Out Without Stealing the Show at a Summer Wedding

7.17.2013

Fresh from their California wedding, George Lucas and Mellody Hobson—a Chicago native and president of Ariel Investments—brought Hollywood glamour to the Windy City with a party in Promontory Park on June 30.  The star-studded event saw the likes of Robin Williams, Laura Mulleavy, and Henry Ford all mingled together within a massive 40,000-foot tent. Even more impressive than the size was its opulence: in true Lucas fashion, the vast ceiling was painted with faraway galaxies and strung with glittering chandeliers. Though most weddings won't include a performance from Prince or a merry band of wookies, Chicago offers myriad romantic settings for summer weddings. Whether you're attending a ceremony in the Chicago Botanic Garden or stuffing your face at a reception at the surprisingly romantic Salvage One, the right outfit will make you feel like the belle of the ball without showing up the bride.


What to Wear: Celebrate the Fourth of July in Stars and Stripes

What to Wear: Celebrate the Fourth of July in Stars and Stripes

7.10.2013

Life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness—these are the principles we honor with loud noises on the Fourth of July. After the Declaration of Independence was signed in 1776, Americans celebrated with gunfire, bonfires, and fireworks. The vibrant lights and celebratory booms screamed into the sky above the happy brouhaha, kicking off what would become the holiday's most beloved tradition. This Fourth of July, carry the torch onward at Navy Pier's annual fireworks spectacle; in Pilsen, the site of perhaps the city’s best neighborhood display; or by staying home and flicking the lights on and off. Wherever you choose to celebrate, this red, white, and blue outfit is likely to be the subtlest expression of patriotism you see.


What to Wear: Keep It Cool at Chicago’s Music Festivals

What to Wear: Keep It Cool at Chicago’s Music Festivals

6.11.2013

Chicago’s summer-festival circuit is a prime opportunity to observe a colorful, if sweaty, cross section of the city’s populace. You can thank the festivals’ diverse lineups for drawing such a diverse crowd. This July, Pitchfork Music Festival welcomes headliners R. Kelly and Björk, finally bridging the gap between R&B fans and people who dress like birds. Across the city, the Lollapalooza juggernaut manages to pack devotees of everything from Mumford & Sons to Nine Inch Nails into Grant Park. The season winds down with the North Coast Music Festival at the end of August, where the surviving members of Wu-Tang Clan will perform their seminal album 36 Chambers to an audience of likely Disco Biscuits followers. Whichever festival you attend, do as much people watching as show watching and celebrate the crazy congregation in an outfit that’s eclectic, comfortable, and cool.


What to Wear: Get Jazzed Up Gatsby-Style

What to Wear: Get Jazzed Up Gatsby-Style

5.22.2013

In his new reboot of The Great Gatsby, director Baz Luhrmann brings F. Scott Fitzgerald’s Jazz Age tale to life with costumes by Miuccia Prada and a soundtrack executive produced by Jay-Z. It’s par for the course for Luhrmann, who had actors recite Shakespeare’s iambic pentameter amid southern California suburban sprawl in 1996’s Romeo + Juliet, and opened 2001’s Moulin Rouge with a medley that included Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit.” As excitement over the film reaches a fever pitch, step back in time, but stay current with a flapper-inspired look perfect for sipping cocktails at Green Mill or Ada Street, or rowing a boat against the current until your arms give out.